I completed my tax return tonight. They owe me money again. Not a vast sum – I don’t pay all that much tax to begin with – but enough to make a difference. It’s one in the eye for the taxman again and that’s always worthwhile.
Busy night at work tonight because Boss interviewed someone for Target’s old job. She wanted me in on the interview on the strict understanding that I said and did nothing to make her laugh. This proved really quite difficult, as it turned out.
Target’s last day was Saturday so getting an applicant so soon was really quite remarkable. I had hoped for some eye-candy with curves but all I got was a big hairy biker. I think Cafe Girl is warning local women about me so they don’t apply. Or maybe they visit the shop before applying and think ‘Oh, no. Not him!’
The new guy had earned his work name before the interview started but I dared not tell Boss until it was over. As I expected, when I did tell her she was pretty much helpless with giggles.
We have now employed Lurch as a Secret Ninja Cleaner. The place just gets odder by the day. He has no idea what’s coming his way and Cafe Girl is in for a surprise. She can’t pick on me now I have a giant as backup. He seems quite docile but looks terrifying. I think the fun factor at work just went up a notch.
He starts next Monday so it’s still a week of extra hours, but now we know it’s only a week it feels easy enough. This also takes Area Manager’s pressure off me over my time off, not that I was taking any notice of the pressure anyway. It just means I don’t have to rush to find a new job on my return.
It’s better to take the time to find the right one – or maybe even create the right one. As I’ll tell Boss, you don’t want to just go lurching from one job to the next. I’m going to have to work ‘lurch’ into every conversation now. I fully expect to hear that barely-breathed ‘Bastard!’ more than once.
With any luck he’ll stay for a while. Boss will train him in cleaning and I will train him in staff and customer relations when Boss isn’t looking. I only really need him to stay until I get on a plane on the 29th, although I don’t want to leave Boss in the shit so I hope he stays at least until I get back.
Ideally he’ll like the job and stay for good. Then Boss will only have to replace me when the time comes.
The collective sigh of relief from Local Shop on that day is likely to register on weather charts.